Natural Selection (film)
|Directed by||Robbie Pickering|
|Produced by||Brion Hambel
|Written by||Robbie Pickering|
|Cinematography||Steven Capitano Calitri|
|Edited by||Michelle Tesoro|
|Release date(s)||March 13, 2011SXSW)(|
|Running time||90 minutes|
Natural Selection is a 2011 comedy-drama film written and directed by Robbie Pickering. It stars Rachael Harris, Matt O'Leary, John Diehl, and Jon Gries. The film was accepted by South by Southwest for the 2011 Narrative Feature Competition.
Linda White, a barren Christian housewife, leads a sheltered existence in suburban Texas. Her world is turned upside-down when she discovers that her dying husband, Abe, has a 23-year old illegitimate son named Raymond living in Florida. Somewhere on the edge of guilt and loneliness, Linda grants Abe's final wish and sets off on a quixotic journey to find Raymond and bring him back before her husband passes away. Along the way, Linda's wonderfully bizarre relationship with Raymond will teach her more about herself than she ever imagined possible and force her to come to terms with her troubled past.
Awards and accolades
Natural Selection was well received at its 2011 South by Southwest debut, winning both jury and audience awards for best narrative feature, in addition to best screenplay, best editing, and best score/music. Lead actors Rachael Harris and Matt O'Leary both received breakthrough performance awards.
The film so impressed critic Roger Ebert that he showed the film at Ebertfest in 2011 and granted it three and a half out of four stars. Both director Robbie Pickering and actress Rachael Harris received Golden Thumb awards.
- Newman, Nick (February 2, 2011). "2011 SXSW Film Lineup Announced". www.thefilmstage.com. Retrieved March 4, 2011.
- Pickering, Robert. "Natural Selection". Retrieved March 7, 2011.
- "SXSW Film Award Categories". Retrieved March 30, 2011.
- Roger Ebert (June 20, 2012). "Natural Selection Review". Retrieved June 23, 2013.